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Life Designed: Habits, Priorities, Freelancing & Flights

In 9 days, my wife and I are moving to Spain. We'll stay near Barcelona for a week (July 6-12) and th
Life Designed: Habits, Priorities, Freelancing & Flights
By Tomas Laurinavicius • Issue #32 • View online
In 9 days, my wife and I are moving to Spain. We’ll stay near Barcelona for a week (July 6-12) and then head to Valencia where we’re planning to rent an apartment for half a year or so.
If you’re around and want to have a chat over coffee, respond to this email so we can arrange something.
Welcome to another edition of Life Designed where I share the knowledge and resources to help you live better.

I connected and interviewed Steph Smith. She’s a world traveler, self-taught developer, independent creator, and eloquent writer. I’m impressed by her work ethic and productivity and learned a lot reading her blog.
I have learned over time that no one truly “knows” what they’re doing. I think many people have an impression that others have life figured out and utilize this impression to justify why they can’t or shouldn’t do X. It’s extremely eye-opening and enabling to realize that the rest of the world is operating just as you are: they’re figuring things out along the way.
Taylor Pearson shares his sophisticated system to get important stuff done. I found a lot of interesting techniques and exercises to use.
Ideally, you want to prioritize something that requires very little time or money, is extremely likely to work and has a very high ROI. In practice, it is very difficult to find projects that are all of these things and so you have to deal with the tradeoffs.
I’ve shared Zeroqode before. It’s an app that allows you to create apps without coding. Now, with Blocks, you can build your app much quicker. It’s mind-blowing how much more simple creating apps has become.
An impressive story of Jeff Jordan who’s applying what he learned during his time at Disney, eBay, and OpenTable to help founders at Airbnb, Pinterest, and Instacart.
Jordan’s first reaction to Airbnb was that it was “the stupidest idea I had ever heard.” It was 2011, and he was at an Allen & Co. tech-investing meeting in Arizona. Brian Chesky, then a relatively unknown entrepreneur, was explaining his business, and Jordan couldn’t help mentally listing the number of risks associated with opening up one’s home to strangers. Then it hit him. Airbnb’s fast growth and online marketplace that matched homeowners with renters reminded him of eBay. It was, he says, “a déjà vu experience.” Having worked in top positions at eBay for seven years, he literally had seen this picture before.
You may think that writing online isn’t profitable. Jenni Gritters, a freelance health journalist shows how she was able to build a profitable and stress-free business, which is rare.
I didn’t work on Fridays for most of my first year, which was a goal I set when I first started my business. Instead, I used those days to work on personal projects, catch up with friends, and spend time outside.
Becoming great is something we all crave but it doesn’t happen overnight. I enjoyed Steph Smith’s thoughts on this.
The best things in life often aren’t miracles, but well-thought out approaches that are sustainable. The same thing is true with businesses, marriages, and just about anything with repeatable elements. If you invest time into solving for what leads to success continuously, you will reap those benefits for years to come. So even in the least quantifiable situations, reflect back on what could’ve made a previous loss a future win.
Backlinko is one of my favorite SEO blogs and here’s an ultimate guide to help you write killer blog posts. Spoiler alert, it takes time.
Udemy is a blog post topic GOLDMINE. Here’s why: Udemy doesn’t just show you content that people are interested in. Instead, you see content that people are paying for.
I love when people don’t waste time and get to the point. Here are some tips to improve your short copy and win hearts, and dollars.
Short copy is handy when you want customers to get information fast. However, not everything has to be written in as few words as possible.
While chasing new tools isn’t very productive and I don’t recommend it, sometimes you stumble upon a game changer that saves you time and money.
Meet Demir and Carey Bentley, an entrepreneurial family traveling the world and helping people get more done. In this interview, you’ll learn about their habits and routines that allow them to focus on what matters, set and achieve goals and live a fulfilling life.
We surround ourselves with what we call The Committee, which is our self-selected circle of wise men that call us forward to be the people we need to be to achieve our vision. Right now, some of the members of our Committee are Ray Dalio (Principles), Jocko Willink (Extreme Ownership), and Ariana Huffington (Thrive). When we find a book that’s particularly juicy, we read it 3 or 4 times to make sure it sinks in.
Travel hacking is a real thing. You can travel cheaply, but you need two things. Liquid cash and patience. Luck is optional. Similar to Scott’s Cheap Flights, Pomelo finds cheap flights and sends them your way. You can receive free deals or subscribe for premium to get more money saving flight alerts.
The Contenders
The Contenders by Bram Vanhaeren.
The Contenders by Bram Vanhaeren.
Food for Thought
“If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.” – Honoré de Balzac
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.” – Kahlil Gibran
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” – Charles Dickens
“But how could you live and have no story to tell?” – Fyodor Dostoevsky
“Life cannot go on without a great deal of forgetting.” – Honoré de Balzac
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🎧 Listening: Deep Work
📖 Reading: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
🍿 Watching: Bolívar
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